How People Really Hold and Touch Their Mobile Devices

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Online Forums 2013 - September 19, 2013
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Steven Hoober

4ourth Mobile

Despite decades of research and years of people using touchscreen mobile devices, there’s still a lot of myth, disinformation, and half-truths about how touchscreens work, how users actually interact with these devices, and how best to design for touch.

Participants in this session will see research findings and other data that will clarify and set aside misunderstandings about mobile-user behavior and touchscreen technologies. You’ll learn the different ways and types of interactions for touchscreen devices, and examine how user behavior and interaction can and should influence your mLearning designs.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How users really hold their tablets and smartphones, including the different ways holding varies by interaction
  • About “reach” and “obfuscation,” so you can put mobile actions and information in the right location
  • How touchscreens work, so you can account for limits of the technology
  • About “interference,” and that errors do happen, so you can help prevent errors from being catastrophic
  • How mobile users see, perceive, and target, so you can pick type and target sizes that work for your users


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